Universität Wien FIND

070368 PS Proseminar - History of the Baltic Sea Region, 1914-2014 (2019W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.10. 15:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Tuesday 22.10. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Tuesday 29.10. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Tuesday 05.11. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Tuesday 12.11. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Tuesday 19.11. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Tuesday 26.11. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Tuesday 03.12. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Tuesday 10.12. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Tuesday 17.12. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of the course is to provide students with an overview of the history of the Baltic Sea Region from the caesura of World War I, which led to profound geopolitical changes around the Baltic rim, to the occupation of Crimea one hundred years later, which turned the region into a new frontline of conflict between NATO and the Russian Federation. Studying European post-1914 history through the prism of the Baltic Sea Region, the course will give ample opportunity to examine the double role of the sea itself as a barrier and a bridge, but also its impact on historical narratives based on the Braudelian idea of the "Mediterranean of the North". The discussion of the Baltic Sea Region as both a historical and historiographical space is used to impart knowledge about the role of history writing as a policy-making tool in region-building processes, but also about its instrumentalization as an element of strategic geopolitics.
The critical reading of contemporary and older scholarly texts, which serve a double function as primary and secondary sources, but also of political treaties, travel guides and policy papers will provide the basis for class and group discussions on maritime history approaches, the changing conceptions of space in historiography and the study of historical regions from a transnational angle. Individual work on selected aspects of the overarching topic of the history of the sea and its shores as a European macro-region will train students to frame historical questions, to outline a topic for first independent research and to make a survey of existing work in the field. Additional oral assignments will offer students an opportunity to develop their skills in presenting and critically discussing their and their fellow students’ work.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active class participation, oral presentation, seminar paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To successfully pass the course, students are expected to:
- regularly attend the scheduled classes (a minimum attendance of 80 percent is required)
- actively participate in class and group discussions based on the reading assignments for each session
- prepare a short oral presentation
- draft and present an outline of their seminar paper
- submit a final seminar paper by 31 January 2020 (there are no sessions scheduled for January)
The final grade is a result of the assessment of participation (20%), the oral presentation (20%) and the seminar paper incl. the outline (60%)

Examination topics

The topics of the oral presentations will be discussed and assigned in the introductory session. Students are expected to prepare a handout for their presentation, which should not exceed 15 minutes. The outline of the final seminar paper (one-page abstract + bibliography) should be prepared in the course of the seminar. Final papers should be about 40.000 characters (+/- 5% incl. blanks, footnotes, title page, table of contents and bibliography).

Reading list

The obligatory readings for each session will be announced and provided one week in advance by the instructor or via Moodle.

Association in the course directory

BA 12: Zeitgeschichte (5 ECTS)
BA 19
BEd: Osteuropäische Geschichte, Globalgeschichte, Historisch-kulturwissenschaftliche Europaforschung (5 ECTS)
Diplom UF: Osteuropäische Geschichte, Historisch-kulturwissenschaftliche Europaforschung (5 ECTS)
Interdisziplinäres MA Zeitgeschichte und Medien (Version 2016): M2a Einführung in den Forschungsprozess. Design und Methoden I, PS aus Zeitgeschichte (5 ECTS).

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